My 6 year old Panasonic PT-ax100u is getting tired and needs a new bulb along with internal cleaning. So I've decided to buy new instead of putting $$ into an older unit, however after cruising the PJ websites I'm more confused than ever. I have a dedicated Theater room with controlled (low) lighting and use a 92" Da-Lite pure white (no gain) screen. After all my research the unit I really wanted was the Mitsubishi 4000, however I HAVE to have a lens shift as my drop ceiling height is only 7 feet and the 4000 would shoot the picture too low. I was set on the Epson 8350 but I'm scared of the short bulb life issues I've read about. I then thought I would grab a BenQ W6000 but learned that they have discountinued that model. I then considered a Panasonic AR-100 but everything I've read says its too bright for a dark room.
I've recently been reading about the Acer 9500 which seems to have mixed reviews but it does have a lense shift which is a plus. Anyway, my budget is approx $1200 and I have no need (or use) for 3D and as stated a 92" white screen in a dark room so I'm open to any and all suggestions, thanks.